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Guido Barbagelata

Big, bright, bold .... bravo! Strong gutsy images from Italian photographer Guido Barbagelata. The colours are intense, the composition is spot on and the photos have a real presence. This ain't no wishy washy portfolio. Italians have style and a great eye for beauty but Guido takes it to the next level. You'll find his work regularly in Marie Claire Maison and Elle Decor.



Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the north. I'd like to wish all my fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm going to my younger sister's house for a non-traditional dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Our parents are in Mexico so we're having a non-parental holiday dinner with people deserted by family. :) In honour of this holiday and the fall season, that I detest wholeheartedly because it means winter is around the corner, here is one thing I do enjoy - leaves changing colour. This is the tree in my front yard.

And while I'm not talking about anything design-y, I thought I should mention that I've got a big "project" coming up at the end of the week that is going to keep me very preoccupied so I won't be posting much over the next few days while I prepare for it. I can't really say much about it now, but I will say that I'm SO EXCITED!!! And not only do I have that on my plate but the preparations for my kitchen remodel as well. I got a bit of work done on the weekend that I will share in a future post on my kitchen blog, but here's a sneak peek.


Dan Magree

Love the portfolio of Australian photographer Dan Magree. He's a favourite of Aussie interior magazines and it's easy to see why. Beautiful white bright light, great compositions and fabulous subjects. The glam woman in the first pic is Lyn Gardener of Empire Vintage, a to die for Melbourne shop and that high back pink chair is a Grant Featherston Expo Sound chair (there are speakers in the top) originally designed for the Australian pavilion at the Montreal World Fair 1967. I'm desperate to get my hands on one. But back to Dan Magree's work. Don't miss the rest of his portfolio. It's truly inspiring.


Jungle jive

Two more plants made it into my home this weekend. I have been totally inspired by all the retro rooms from Decorating With Plants, A House and Garden Book, by Marybeth Little Weston,The Condé Nast Publications, Pantheon Books, New York, 1978. I have to be careful now that I don't go overboard and create a jungle. As long as I can see where the furniture is I should be fine.



Perch! is a company based in Brooklyn whose products are all handmade and environmentally friendly, and available through 2Modern. They have the cutest bird feeders and lighting, and I am officially smitten. Take note that they have a variety of colour options for most of their products. I found a great branch on the tree in front of my house that would be perfect for a feeder to keep my cats entertained, but alas, I live in the hood, and I don't think a feeder this cute would last. But perhaps one of these wall sconces or lamps...